Deity – Deity (Technical Death Metal)

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Deity were formed by the duo and long time friends Danny Alessandro and John Massey about 15 years ago (!). They have since then worked on material, letting it grow until they felt it was good enough to be released to the world. Personally I am glad they did as they seem to have unleashed the Deity in a pure form of metal.

The intro is a sweet symphony that doesn’t make you think about death metal at all, since it’s simply beautiful, and I was wondering if I really did listen to death metal act Deity. Beginning of Extinction brings the chaos right to my ears though on song number two and now I feel right at home. Take a bit of Suffocation, smidge of Gorguts and top it off with Death then you got the main influences in the sound of Deity. Lovers of technical riffs, no clean singing and shredding beware as this is an album made for you, the way Deity themselves would like it to sound. The album is filled with great solos and riffs that you can’t stand still on and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this Canadian (again a great techdeath band from Canada) duo live on stage as a supporting act to the likes of Gorguts, Cryptopsy or Archspire. Or why not even do it with other up and coming bands like Samskaras and Fractal Generator. Would be sweet lineups!

I think this album rocks. Anything from the instrumental songs From Which We Came, We Now Return, the acoustic In Time to the shredding tunes of Rituals is a joy for my ears. Favorite tracks on the album being Beginning of Extinction, Rituals and Illuminate the Unwilling.

Deity’s self-titled debut is out June 2nd as a independent release.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DeityMetalCA
For fans of: Suffocation and Gorguts
Favorite song: Beginning of Extinction

Fractal Generator – Apotheosynthesis (Atmospheric Death Metal)

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The Canadian trio (040118180514, 040114090512 and 102119200914) Fractal Generator calls their music Atmospheric Death Metal so I instantly jumped on yet another band that names themselves after a genre I haven’t really heard of. I personally would call it technical death metal but whatever really that’s not what I want to talk about. I am here to talk about how awesome Fractal Generator are!

This is sci-fi metal in the same kind of spacecraft Wormed makes their music. It’s brutal, got great riffs in it and a lyrical theme on space and time. This sci-fi journey is one you do not want to miss. From the very start Fractal Generator tell us how life, death, space and time is and my favorite track Human how cruel our race is. And I love every second of it. According to metal archives this album was originally an independent digital release in 2015 but I am very happy Everlasting Spew Records are releasing it this year as both a digital and physical release so people like me can get to know these hard hitting metalheads.

One thing I really liked on the album as a side note is that Reflections even uses Darth Vaders famous breathing as samples in it. Freaking awesome if I do say so myself. Apotheosynthesis is an album technical death metal fans would be wise to get, Canada has yet another great techdeath band coming for mankind.

Fractal Generator – Apotheosynthesis is out now from Everlasting Spew Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fractalgeneratorofficial
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fractalgen
For fans of: Zyklon and Wormed
Favorite song: Human

Balfor – Black Serpent Rising (Melodic Black/Death Metal)

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From Ukraine I am lucky enough to find a very pleasant surprise. Balfor is a band I personally had never heard of before but the band has actually been active since 2001 (1997 as Alter Ego) and Black Serpent Rising is the bands third full-length. Playing what they themselves call barbaric black metal I was wondering what that meant. Musically it sounds a bit similar to a band I reviewed last year, Unlight or later Keep of Kalessin albums. Whereas their lyrical theme revolves around barbarians (guessing that’s where their genre name comes from).

One thing that really gets me thinking about barbarians is how brutal, yet epic the album starts off. It’s melodic black metal at it’s finest really, the tempo-changes and melodic rhythms are a thing of joy to listen to and it never really feels repetitive as each song is good in their own right. This Balfor horde is definitely a band that fans of melodic death/black metal around the world should know about. One of the biggest surprises this year for me, and it’s not even a new band! It’s clear that these guys have mastered many aspects of metal as it shows ever so brightly throughout Black Serpent Rising. My favorite tracks has to be the more, as I like to call it, “epic barbarian battle hymn” ones, Unbounded Wrath of Venom and Heralds of the Fall. All in all this is a great album, I can highly recommend this to any metalhead out there looking for something new.

Balfor’s third black metal offering Black Serpent Rising is out now through Drakkar Productions.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/balforofficial
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BalforHorde
For fans of: Keep of Kalessin and Unlight
Favorite song: Unbounded Wrath of Venom

Narthraal – Screaming From The Grave (Death Metal)

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Icelandic death metal, does that exist? Looking at metal archives there are only 117 entries, including all genres, from the country where less than 90 of them are active bands, even less so within the death metal genre. Lucky enough for me I received my very first promo from a band called Narthraal, this will be my first listening to a metal band from Iceland so I am quite exited about it.

Inspired by the old school Swedish death metal sound I knew that this could be an album I would really get into, and I wasn’t let down. The filthy and crushing sound you hear from the guitars takes me back to the early 90’s Entombed, Dismember and Grave. Like honestly, just listening to the two first tracks Death of the Undying and Screaming From the Grave you will fall in love with this album even if you’re a fan of that very sound that probably got you into death metal to begin with. Nothing extra added nor over-produced fluff, just simple old school death metal. Love it or hate it Narthraal creates music that they used to listen to themselves and I personally dig this a lot. I mean old school death metal is coming back again, but I think this is one of the albums that are closest to capture the Swedish sound, without being Swedish. Funny note is that the last track on the album is called Dismember the Entombed, I liked that homage to some of the kings of death metal.

It’s raw, brutal, gets you headbanging and reeks of death and filth which is exactly what a death metal album should do. As a debut album I think this is great stuff and I hope to hear more from these Icelandic barbarians in the future. Favorite tracks are Screaming From the Grave, Million Graves to Fill, Descent into Darkness.

Scream From The Grave is out on May 26th through Inverse Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Narthraal
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/narthraal
For fans of: Entombed and Dismember
Favorite song: Screaming From the Grave

Oceano – Revelation (Deathcore)

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What’s hard hitting, got gutturals that can give you nightmares and breakdowns that makes you go wild? Oh but it’s one of the giants within deathcore, Oceano! The band is certainly one of the biggest acts going, having done headliner shows for quite some time now and got a huge fanbase. Their latest release Ascendants was a huge hit two years ago and the expectations for Revelation has been off the charts really. I’ve said it before and I will say it again though, 2017 is the biggest year in deathcore. Never before have I witnessed so many good album releases from the genre in such a short amount of time. So can Oceano still be a king among kings?

One thing is certain, Oceano still got their sweet brutal touch intact. Their songs are crazy heavy, with Adam Warren leading the charge just as well as he always has. The breakdowns are on point, the slow but brutal deathcore grooves gets you headbanging and the low death metal growls sweet music to my ears. It’s a great album that’s sure to be a hit with songs like The Great Tribulation, Human Harvest and Revelation being the icing on the cake for me. It’s hard to say if this is Oceano’s best work yet, not because Revelation doesn’t cut it but because I think Ascendants and Incisions are such a great albums (their whole discography is actually good, just their last two albums I think really hit the spot).

Oceano just keeps on giving great deathcore and Revelation is sure to keep their fans happy, it’s more of the same great formula we all love by them. If it aint broke don’t fix it. Are Oceano still kings of deathcore? Seeing they don’t seem to be able to release a bad album, I say yes and I think this is a contender for deathcore album of the year. If they win it or not is another question though!

Oceano – Revelation is out now through Sumerian Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OceanoMetal
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/oceanometal
For fans of: Thy Art is Murder and Carnifex
Favorite song: Human Harvest

Rapheumets Well – Enders Door (Progressive Death/Black Metal)

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Are you ready for a sci-fi concept album? Follow the rogue travler Eryos and how he discovered an artifact that would change his place in cosmos forever. This one hour long journey will leave you wanting more of Eryos and his adventures. Rapheumets Well were formed in 2008, North Carolina USA, after changing name from Blue Man’s God (created 2002). Having had a very wide range of influences on their albums, experimenting in classical, ambience and metal music this band stands out. Enders Door is the bands third release after having told other stories within this multi-verse on Dimensions and The Exile.

One thing is certain when you listen to Rapheumets Well, it’s epic. Much like you find Dimmu Borgir’s symphonic black metal massive and sometimes overwhelms you with their orchestral music Rapheumets Well does the same. Differences are many though. The progressive elements and clean vocals (both female and male) makes you think about The Faceless more than Dimmu Borgir. There is also a lot of death metal influences in the music, still very symphonic, which bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse are known for. The whole sci-fi take on all this is awesome and at times I think on movies such as Tron or Ghost in the Shell while listening to Enders Door. The different directions the songs take is also what makes Enders Door sick out from the rest. It feels like a movie in musical form, and it’s freaking epic!

I can recommend Rapheumets Well to anyone who is out for something a little bit different. It’s a great concept album with various of influences covering a wide range of genres. I would also love to see this band live, from what I’ve read they seem to make it like a play when performing their music. I can imagine it being a great experience in the veins of what Fleshgod Apocalypse or Carach Angren does.

Rapheumets Well – Enders Door is out May 26th through Test Your Metal Records.

Also with this review I will leave you guys for two weeks. Traveling to Tokyo tomorrow and I will not be reviewing any new albums while there. Hopefully I will get the chance to catch a concert on some of the local bands there though!

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rapheumetswell
For fans of: Dimmu Borgir and The Faceless
Favorite song: Lechery Brought the Darkness

Nyktophobia – Fallen Empire (Melodic Death Metal)

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A lot of you melodeath fans might have heard of Dawn of Disease. Their last release Worship the Grave received a lot of praise last year and was one of the best melodic death metal releases. The creator, and vocalist, of Dawn of Disease Tomasz Wisniewski have been very busy as of late. Not only did Dawn of Disease release an album last year but in 2015 he and another Dawn of Disease member (drummer Christian Timmer) joined Michael Tybussek (ex-Agamendon, ex-Mor Dagor and ex-December Flower) newly formed band, namely Nyktophobia. The time is already upon us to get to hear the bands debut album Fallen Empire.

What actually got me to check in this album was me browsing bandcamp pages and found the artwork for the Fallen Empire album cover to be beautiful. Getting to know more about the band and the roots from Dawn of Demise made me even more happy to have found this hidden gem. Musically there might not be a surprise that it has a lot in common with Dawn of Disease but more so with older Amon Amarth. The melodies and groove is there that’s typical of a melodic death metal album but the harsh vocals and overall heavy feeling of the album gets me thinking back to albums such as Amon Amarth’s The Avenger or The Crusher. Reign of Fire and Hammer of the Gods being two great examples that really reminds me of Amon Amarth’s past records.

This was a positive album release for me. Nyktophobia’s debut album is certainly not one to miss if you enjoy melodic death metal of the old ways, as I am sure you do. Fans of old school Amon Amarth and Dawn of Disease will love this release. Fallen Empire is out now through Delicious Bowels Agency.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nyktophobia
For fans of: Dawn of Demise and Amon Amarth
Favorite song: Hammer of the Gods